Great Performances Comes to Gusman Concert Hall
First week of thematically grouped concerts showcases acclaimed Classical artists.
African-American ensemble featured and legendary pianist Ivan Davis honored on retirement.
Coral Gables, FL – (August 1, 2008) Festival Miami, celebrating 25 years as one of the premier cultural events in South Florida, launches its 2008 season with the first of four weekly concert groupings. Leading off this novel format is “Great Performances,” which focuses on Classical music at its finest.
“Adrienne Arsht Presents the FSOM: Passion and Pathos,” at the Arsht Center, sets the tone for the entire month. Composer John Corigliano will be present to hear renowned violinist Jennifer Koh, acclaimed by The Strad as “a risk-taking, high-octane player,” perform his “Red Violin” Concerto with the Frost Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Yongyan Hu, Music Director of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.
The program also includes Corigliano’s lush setting of L’Invitation au voyage on poems of Charles Baudelaire, with Joshua Habermann, newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at the FSOM, directing the Frost Chorale Finishing off this exciting evening is the Florida premiere of Corigliano’s Circus Maximus by the Frost Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gary Green with musicians positioned throughout the concert hall.
Ritz Chamber Players, the nation’s first African-American ensemble, lauded by the Baltimore Sun as “an irresistible and remarkable ensemble,” performs the music of Antonín Dvorák.
Much of Dvorák’s work, including the Piano Quartet No. 2, is flavored by the African-American musical heritage.
Cellist Tahirah Whittington and pianist Terrence Wilson also perform the Cello Sonata of George Walker—the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize.
FSOM faculty artists honor the distinguished career of legendary FSOM Pianist-in-Residence Ivan Davis. Dean Shelly Berg, whose fingers fly “over the keyboard while his body nearly levitates off the bench,” (Los Angeles Times) hosts and performs.
In addition, the Bergonzi String Quartet, described by Fanfare as “exceptional performers”—join, along with the Miami Saxophone Quartet, which “is very much into rich tonal colors and intricate harmonic schemes.” (allaboutjazz.com) A reception honoring Ivan Davis in the lobby follows the concert.
FSOM faculty composers discuss their creative methods and thoughts about music’s future. Afterwards, the Frost Symphony Orchestra will present representative works of FSOM faculty, including Dennis Kam, Lance McLoskey—“a great talent and a deep thinker with a great ear” (American Composers Orchestra), and Fred DeSena, known for high-energy South American rhythms and darkly colored melodies. Open your mind (and ears) to the stimulating world of modern music.
Winner of the 2000 American National Chopin Piano Competition, pianist Ning An gives “penetrating and illuminating” performances. (New York Concert Review) Known for his interpretations of Frédéric Chopin’s later works, he captures the composer’s melancholy as manifested in haunting melodies, brilliant technical passages and evocative harmonies. The concert commemorates the anniversary of Chopin’s death in Paris.
Friends of Chamber Music present an evening of the music of Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvorák. Violinist Cho Liang Lin, violist Roberto Diaz, cellist William De Rosa and pianist Joseph Kalichstein perform two major works: Dvorák Piano Quartet No.2 in E-flat, Op. 87 and Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. One of the most lauded chamber ensembles in America concludes the week of Great Performances.
Festival Miami Continues with Week Two: Jazz and Beyond
Organizers train the spotlight on Jazz, the best-known “American Music,”
as Festival Miami moves into its second week. Major guest artists and local legends
offer audiences a wide array of styles, combos and genres.
Coral Gables, FL – (August XX, 2008) JazzWeek’s Vocalist of the Year and Grammy award-nominated jazz artist Tierney Sutton kicks off the second week of Festival Miami 2008: Jazz and Beyond—a panorama of American music from every part of the nation. Her passion for jazz, profound admiration for its musicians and deep respect for its audiences makes Tierney Sutton one of the most admired interpreters of standards and ballads today. Together with FSOM’s award winning Jazz Vocal I Ensemble, directed by pianist, composer, arranger and FSOM professor Larry Lapin, the evening promises an exciting launch for “Jazz and Beyond.”
The Evening Standard writes that, “At his best, Joshua Redman seems a class apart for technique, invention and artistry.” Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, his trio continually expands the outer reaches of jazz improvisation. Their recordings have consistently won awards and have featured legendary artists such as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, and Brad Mehldau. Son of famed saxophone virtuoso Dewey Redman, rhe New York Times writes that he “is one of the brightest young stars in mainstream jazz.” Jazz and Beyond continues with an evening of piercing rhythmic melodies, soaring improvisations and electrifying arrangements.
The Frost Concert Jazz Band, winner of Downbeat magazine’s 2007 Best College Big Band award, and conducted by Dante Luciano, will be joined by Eric Marienthal—one of the world’s major jazz stars and member of the GRP All-Star Big Band. His new CD, Just Around the Corner, went to #1 on the R&R Smooth Jazz Chart and his performances, which “inject a kind of soul,” (New York Times) have won him accolades across the nation and around the globe.
Latin Grammy nominated, Little Havana-based DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars blend improvisational electronic elements and turntables with latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create an electronic descarga—a sound that is influenced by the multicultural atmosphere of Miami and the lives of individual band members. They have performed and recorded with legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and in 2004 created the introductory music used at every Miami Heat game.
Rolling Stones writes that, “an authentic Miami sound is being forged by DJ Le Spam and the All Stars” while the Village Voice describes their music as a “hot anthology of retro Cuban, early NYC salsa, Southern funk and soul, mixed with live horns, looped drums, video, and living art.” Miami’s own DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars concludes the second week of Festival Miami: Jazz and Beyond.
Creative American Music Showcased in Week Three of Festival Miami
UM students participate in an American Idol-style format with celebrity “judges.”
Musical theater stars pay tribute to American songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
And local children are feted in a Halloween blast.
Coral Gables, FL – (August XX, 2008) Creative American Music knits together the many facets of contemporary music into a week that singles out the new and revolutionary. The week’s first concert, a smorgasbord of contemporary music, which has steadily grown in popularity will demonstrate up close what’s new in the music world. Fresh faces come with fresh ears; fresh ears tune in the world differently, which creates music that reflects an up-to-date take on the state and future of classical music.
One of the most popular formats of reality TV is the talent showcase, where experienced performers critique up and coming entrants. The FSOM premieres its own showcase with legendary songwriter Bruce Hornsby and his friends, who will offer constructive advice to students in a fun and friendly concert. Unlike TV, at the Frost School all the students are winners!
Rolling Stones wrote that “Bruce Hornsby has become a synonym for class.” Join him, Steve Miller, Patti Austin, Monica Mancini, Six-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz, Ricky Scaggs, Tom Scott, Will Lee, Jon Secada and others for a performance in the BankUnited Center. Our guest artists will be backed up by the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra—making it the absolute concert of the year in Miami!
If you’ve been to the movies, watched television, or attended the theater in the last 50 years, you’ve heard a song by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Their films include Yentl and A Star is Born; The Way We Were; and The Thomas Crown Affair. Television series include Maude, Ironsides, In The Heat Of The Night, and Barbra Streisand: The Concert.
Godparents of American pop” (New York Times) they told the Los Angeles Times, “When we hear a melody, we feel that the words are on the tips of the notes, and we have to find them.” Hear the songs of these legends in a retrospective dedicated to two of the most respected names in the Great American Songbook.
The Detroit News wrote, “If the Pied Piper had been twins, odds are he would have been Gemini!” Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slmovits (known to their peewee fans as “San” and “Laz”) are a musical celebration for both children and adults. Their recordings have won awards from the American Library Association, Early Childhood News, Parents’ Choice Magazine and the Children’s Music Web.
Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Everyone is invited to participate in the ABC Party afterwards: A for apple juice, B for balloons, and C for cookies. The party, hosted by Peter the Mime, includes a musical instrument petting zoo! Know of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family?
Jazz historian Buzz McCoy and Dean of the Frost School, renowned pianist Shelly Berg combine for a lecture and performance tracing the history of jazz piano. Among the great performers represented are Fats Waller, Art Tatan, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. The All Music Guide with Shelly Berg, one of the finest jazz pianists in the nation, playing modern, mainstream jazz in the early 21st century.
2008 Grammy Award winner Honeyboy Edwards is among the last Delta Bluesmen who traveled the American South as hobos in the 1930s and shaped early folk and blues music into what later became Rock ‘n’ Roll. Hopping freight trains with Big Joe Williams, Honeyboy spread his unique brand of traditional Mississippi Delta blues. You’ll never get closer to pure Blues than with Honeyboy Edwards.
Music of the Americas Concludes Festival Miami 2008
South American and Puerto Rican artists share the spotlight in final week of performances.
Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera celebrated in final two concerts;
composer’s daughter to speak and expound on father’s music.
Coral Gables, FL – (August XX, 2008) Festival Miami 2008 concludes with week-long tribute to the cultural diversity of South Florida in Music of the Americas. Composers and performers from across North, South and Central America unite to fête the music of the Western hemisphere.
Nelson Faria, who “wrote the book(s) on popular Brazilian styles” (Allaboutjazz), joins the Frost Studio Jazz Band and its director Doug Bickell for a musical tour of the vastly different regions of Brazil—including Ceará, Bahia, Pernambuco, Minas Geraes and Rio de Janeiro. The program is a blend of musical styles such as Baião, Frevo, partido alto, Sambe and Bossa Nova.
Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler infuses his performances and arrangements with tango. Ensemble for New Tango, formed in 1990 with bandoneon player Héctor del Curto and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi imprints a unique stamp on music, using the piano as a percussion instrument, evoking mood with jazz harmonies, and drawing on rhythms of early 20th-century Classical music.
Billboard writes that “The Sun of Latin Music”—Puerto Rican pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri—“is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists of the last half of the 20th century.” Winner of nine Grammy Awards, Palmieri draws on a century of traditional jazz styles, incorporates Afro-Caribbean rhythms into his works, then fuses it all together into a personal idiom that is simply irresistible. The New York Times writes that when “when Mr. Palmieri is at the piano things take off.”
Isaac and Laura Altman have made great contributions to Salsa for decades. As President of the World Salsa Federation, Isaac shares his passion for dance in Dancescape, revealing his dreams, his speculations and his most sizzling Salsa sensations. Experience the rhythms of Salsa, Cha cha cha, Paso Doble, Tango, Samba, Foxtrot, Waltz and much more. Festival Miami is pleased to bring the finest of South American dance styles to Miami.
The Frost School of Music and esteemed guest soloists celebrate the brilliance of the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. Highlights of the evening include the Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by the renowned Ginastera interpreter Luis Ascot, with the Frost Symphony Orchestra directed by Thomas Sleeper. The inspired Argentine soprano Virginia Correa Dupuy will perform the composer’s early songs with Dean Shelton Berg at the piano. Performances of Ginastera’s chamber and orchestral music by the Bergonzi String Quartet along with the Frost Symphony Orchestra complete the gala event. Special host Georgina Ginastera, daughter of the great master, will talk about the family’s musical legacy.
Plumb the depths of Ginastera’s music in the second of two concerts commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death. FSOM faculty Glenn Basham, Ross Harbaugh and Paul Posnak perform the Pampeanas No. 1 and 2, followed by the introspective Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah, performed by the Frost Chorale and conducted by Joshua Habermann. The climax of the evening is the Cantata para América mágica, composed for the extraordinary combination of solo soprano and 53 percussion instruments. Soprano Virginia Correa Dupuy, a renowned interpreter of Ginastera’s music, is joined by the Frost Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Thomas Sleeper. Georgina Ginastera, daughter of the composer, whose mother fashioned the texts of the Cantata, will introduce the work and provide rare insight into its performance history.